Tag: Large Dog Breeds

Xoloitzcuintli

Xoloitzcuintli Overview The Xoloitzcuintli, or “Xolo” is thought to be one of the world’s oldest and rarest dog breed . They are known as the first dog of the Americas, and they came along with the first people to cross the Bering Strait over 15,000 years prior. Artifacts of the …

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

  Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Overview Even though his origins are in France, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon was actually created by a Dutchman. There was a need for a hardy, close by hunting gundog that could help point out game. Many Griffon-type dogs were interbred to create a breed …

Weimaraner

  Weimaraner Overview The Weimaraner is an elegant and popular breed, dating back to the time of royalty in Germany. They were originally called the Weimar Pointer, and were used to hunt game such as bear, wolves and large cats. The breed adapted when hunting birds became more …

Vizsla

Vizsla Overview The Vizsla has its origins with the Magyar, a nomadic tribe that traveled around present-day Hungary. The dogs worked as both hunters and companions and were believed to be a mix of Transylvanian Hound and Turkish Yellow Dog. As the breed progressed, Pointers were added to …

Treeing Tennessee Brindle

Treeing Tennessee Brindle Overview Small brindle colored hounds have been a part of the hunting culture in the Southern United States for generations. This dog breed was valued for being great trailers and locators of raccoons and squirrels, while still being friendly with humans and other pets. They finally received …

Treeing Walker Coonhound

Treeing Walker Coonhound Overview As settlers came to America, they brought with them their prized English Foxhounds. These dogs slowly morphed into a breed called the “Virginia Hound”, a dog that was very popular in the 1700s. These dogs then became what is now known as the Treeing …

Thai Ridgeback

  Thai Ridgeback Overview While relatively unknown, the Thai Ridgeback is actually an ancient breed from Thailand. They were known as “cart following dogs”, but the name was changed due to the distinctive ridge of hair on their back similar to the Rhodesian. The breed accompanying carts on …

Spinone Italiano

Spinone Italiano Overview An all-Italian breed, the Spinone Italiano has been used as a gundog in Italy since ancient times. The breed is renowned for its great tracking and scenting abilities conjoined with a soft mouth for retrieval. The breed also excels in cold or wet conditions due to …

Stabyhoun

  Stabyhoun Overview The Stabyhoun has been a part of the Dutch Friesland since the 1600s. The breed was expected to have a well-rounded temperament in order to complete the many jobs he was assigned as a hunter, watchdog, and pet. The breed’s name actually translates to “stand-by-me …

Sloughi

  Sloughi Overview The Sloughi shares its origins with other ancient sight hounds including the Saluki and Azawakh. Their birthplace is in the deserts that covered Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. As a dog of the desert tribes, the breed went wherever their nomadic owners did helping hunt …

Siberian Husky

  Siberian Husky Overview The Siberian Husky has its origins with the nomadic tribes and their ancient sledge dogs. These dogs were used to carry the belongings of tribe members, as well as assist in hunting reindeer for food. These dogs became famous as long-distance sled dogs that …

Scottish Deerhound

  Scottish Deerhound Overview The Scottish Deerhound is of aristocratic background and his exact origin is still unknown. The breed was originally thought to be a type of greyhound that was larger and stronger to chase down heavier prey. Their longer coat helped them to withstand harsher conditions …

Saluki

Saluki Overview The Saluki can trace its history back to ancient Egypt and may be one of the oldest types of domestic dog. However, the breed became more modernized in the Arab city of Saluq, where the breed gets its name. The breed is treasured in the Middle East …

Rhodesian Ridgeback

  Rhodesian Ridgeback Overview The Rhodesian Ridgeback got his name from the ridge of hair that grows along his spine in the opposite direction of all other hair. This trait comes from one of the Ridgeback’s breed cousins, the Khoikhoi dog, a sighthound that was popular in South …

Redbone Coonhound

Redbone Coonhound Overview The Redbone Coonhound is a US breed of dog most popularized by their portrayal in literary works such as Where the Red Fern Grows. The breed was brought to the US in the 1700s and was a combination of red-colored foxhounds from England and Ireland …

Rottweiler

Rottweiler Overview The Rottweiler gets its name from its location of origin, the town of Rottweil, Germany. This was a center for livestock and needed dogs that were large and able to drive cattle as well as cart goods to the market. As the railroads became popular, however, …

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